Wednesday, November 2, 2011

One to eat, one to freak

Mushrooms for breakfast we foraged for among the cow pats - delicious - and artistically (well, see what you think on pic below!!) carved pumpkin to scare away the spooks on Halloween night !!

Left Branston Lake last Thursday morning to spend a few days in Alrewas.    Naturally got some meat from the local butcher there - always on the cards when you’re in Alrewas.    Then on to Fradley Junction where, to our surprise, there were quite a few mooring spaces!  We walked up to Fradley Village for first time even though we’ve stayed there many times.     Could only find a post office in the village so we went off to the Coventry Canal to complete a circular walk.    Then just up from Bridge 90 we came across a new parade of shops on the edge of quite a posh new housing estate and a warehousing type of area.    Quite reminded me of what you often see in the USA.     There was a Co-op, cafĂ©, keep fit place and a chippie which, naturally, we had to sample ---- twas good!

Today we are moored between Armitage and Rugeley.

While we were staying a while at Trent Lock Aug/Sept/Oct,  John and Mick of Kingfisher Narrowboats were working on a shell for a new customer which was completed round about the same time as we left there.    Lo and behold, this boat was moored up behind us at Fradley so we met their owners - Martine and Philippa of Cool Canals fame.    Had a great drinking session with them at the Mucky Duck (aka The White Swan)  and no doubt will have another when we bump into them again!

Hasn’t the weather been brilliant this last week - warm sunny days at beginning of November --- long may it last (well, I can dream).

Since last blog we have done … 12 miles and  12 locks
Total since Setting Off ….. 1460 miles and  1191 locks

early morning sun --- need it from behind the trees
to shine onto our solar panels!

obstacle on the River Trent section between
Wynchnor and Alrewas

some of the foot bridges on the same R.Trent section

which horn is the true directional indicator?

I wonder who he is modelled on?

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